Watery Views of Florence
One of the more unusual ways to see Florence
is by taking a river cruise on a traditional wooden barchetto
. These small boats (originally used to transport building materials) hold up to 12 passengers and ply up and down the stretch of the Arno that divides the historic center in two. With a glass of prosecco included in the price, the hour-long guided tour glides past the Uffizi gallery, under the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinità, and past grandiose Palazzo Corsini and many other landmark buildings, giving you an original perspective on some of Florence's most celebrated monuments. It's a great—and original—way to see the city.